Preseason All-Americans for 2010-11

Player of the Year

Harrison Barnes, North Carolina: F, 6-8, 210, Fr.

He’ll be the difference-maker in Chapel Hill.
A year ago, the Tar Heels were missing perimeter shooting,
a go-to guy and leadership. Check, check and check as
Barnes, a versatile do-it-all type of guy, will provide all
three for Roy Williams.

Freshman of the Year

Jared Sullinger, Ohio State: C, 6-9, 280, Fr.

Since we’re giving Barnes National Player of
the Year honors, we’re going with a different rookie
for Freshman of the Year — and it’s the
ultra-productive Sullinger. If Evan Turner averaged
double-digit rebounds in Columbus, it’s downright
scary to think what Sullinger can do in the paint and on
the glass.

Preseason All-Americans

First Team

Kyle Singler, Duke: SF, 6-8, 230, Sr.

2009-10 stats: 17.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 40% 3-pointers

He decided to return for his senior season after
helping to lead the Blue Devils to the national
championship last year.

Harrison Barnes, North Carolina:
F, 6-8, 210, Fr.

2009-10 stats: N/A

The consensus top-rated incoming freshman in the
country, the Iowa native is versatile and is exactly what a
Tar Heels team that needs a go-to guy and leader is looking

Jared Sullinger, Ohio

: C, 6-9, 280, Fr.

2009-10 stats: N/A

Sullinger is the latest in the line of talented big
men to come through Columbus and could wind up being the
most productive. He’s a man in the paint, plays hard
and uses his wide body to his advantage.

Shelvin Mack, Butler: G, 6-3, 215, Jr.

2009-10 stats: 14.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, 39%

After spending much of his first two seasons at
Butler in the shadow or Gordon Hayward and Matt Howard,
this will be Mack’s chance to show his true talents.
The Lexington, Ky., product is vastly underrated and will
keep Butler on the national map.

Jacob Pullen, Kansas State: G, 6-0, 200,

2009-10 stats: 19.3 ppg, 3.4 apg, 40% 3-pointers

Pullen was phenomenal a year ago playing alongside
Denis Clemente in the backcourt. Now he’ll move back
to running the team and the challenge will be to balance
scoring and making his teammates better.

Second Team

Marcus Morris, Kansas: F, 6-9, 235, Jr.

2009-10 stats: 12.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg

With Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich and Xavier Henry
gone, Morris becomes the go-to guy and leader. He’s
extremely talented, but still will need to prove he can

Elias Harris, Gonzaga: F, 6-7, 245, Soph.

2009-10 stats: 14.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 45% 3-pointers

The skilled German wasted no time making an impact
in Spokane, leading the team in rebounding and second in
scoring behind departed guard Matt Bouldin.

Trey Thompkins
, Georgia: F/C, 6-10, 245, Jr.

2009-10 stats: 17.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 38% 3-pointers

The skilled Bulldogs big man has flown under the
radar — largely because his team has struggled in his
two years in Athens. But that should change as Mark Fox has
enough to be competitive near the top of the SEC.

Kyrie Irving, Duke: G, 6-2, 180, Fr.

2009-10 stats: N/A

He could be the most talented point guard in the
nation, but his numbers may not be earth-shattering due to
the presence of seniors Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith.
Irving will try to replace Jon Scheyer and lead the Blue
Devils to back-to-back titles.

Nolan Smith, Duke: G, 6-2, 185, Sr.

2009-10 stats: 17.4 ppg, 4.4 apg, 39% 3-pointers

He’s certainly worthy of a spot on the first
team, but frankly I wanted to spread the wealth and not
load up with too many guys from one program. Smith has
excelled playing off the ball and that should

Third Team

Kevin Jones, West Virginia: F, 6-8, 260,

2009-10 stats: 13.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 40% 3-pointers

Now that Da’Sean Butler and Devin Ebanks are
gone, it’s Jones’ team. He’s one of the
most underrated and versatile guys in the country.

Chandler Parsons, Florida: F, 6-9, 215,

2009-10 stats: 12.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 36% 3-pointers

He’s matured — both mentally and
physically — and is ready for a breakout year.
He’s long and will be counted upon if the Gators are
to live up to the hype.

JaJuan Johnson, Purdue: C, 6-10, 220, Sr.

2009-10 stats: 15.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.1 bpg

He has made dramatic improvement since he entered
the program and become of the nation’s most
productive big man in the country.

Jimmer Fredette, BYU: G, 6-2, 195, Sr.

2009-10 stats: 22.1 ppg, 4.7 apg, 44% 3-pointers

The lightly recruited kid out of Glen Falls, N.Y.,
burst onto the national scene last season and is one of the
top guards in the nation due to his ability to score and
also make his teammates better.

LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor: G, 6-4, 200, Sr.

2009-10 stats: 19.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 42% 3-pointers

He’s a big-time unorthodox scorer who should become
even more of the focal point of Scott Drew’s offense
with the departure of Tweety Carter and Ekpe Udoh.

Fourth Team

Durrell Summers, Michigan State: F, 6-5,
205, Sr.

2009-10 stats: 11.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 36% 3-pointers

I know Summers is more of a guard, but I wanted to
get him on here because he’s finally ready to realize
his potential. He came on strong late last season and has a
combination of athleticism and skill that makes him one of
the most feared players in the country when he’s

Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State:
F, 6-7, 225, Soph.

2009-10 stats: 12.7 ppg, 9.9 rpg

Not too many people know about Leonard nationally,
but he’ll be the top player on a team that could win
the Mountain West.

William Buford, Ohio State: G, 6-5, 205,

2009-10 stats: 14.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg

With the departure of Evan Turner, look for Buford
to become the Buckeyes’ go-to guy. He’s always been
able to score the ball, but his ability to handle the ball
and make plays for others has improved.

Brandon Knight, Kentucky: G, 6-3, 195, Fr.

2009-10 stats: N/A

He may not be John Wall, but he’ll be the guy
with the ball in his hands down in Lexington and is one of
the top freshmen in the country.

Kalin Lucas, Michigan State: G, 6-0, 195,

2008-09 stats: N/A

The speedy Spartans floor leader probably
wouldn’t have still been in college if he
hadn’t suffered a ruptured Achilles in the NCAA
tournament. If he comes back 100 percent, he could wind up
being a first-team All-American.

Fifth Team

Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt: F, 6-7, 225,

2009-10 stats: 12.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg

He’s not exactly a household name nationally, but
everyone knows about the athletic wing in the SEC.
Taylor’s perimeter shooting needs some work, but he
does everything else — well.

Jon Leuer, Wisconsin: F, 6-10, 230, Sr.

2009-10 stats: 15.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 39% 3-pointers

He led the Badgers in scoring, rebounding and blocks
a year ago despite missing nine games due to a wrist
injury. He’s extremely skilled and versatile.

Derrick Williams, Arizona: F/C, 6-8, 240,

2009-10 stats: 15.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg

The former USC signee thrived in Tucson last season
and was one of the top freshmen in the nation. He may have
to shoulder even more of the load with Nic Wise gone.

Kemba Walker, UConn: G, 6-1, 175, Jr.

2009-10 stats: 14.6 ppg, 5.1 apg, 4.3 rpg

The New York floor leader stepped up his game and
his leadership the second half of last season. Now,
he’ll try to pick up where he left off with a Huskies
team that is young and inexperienced.

Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech: G, 6-3,
190, Sr.

2009-10 stats: 20.2 ppg, 4.5 apg, 3.7 rpg

The Hokies’ veteran guard has already proven he can
score, but now he’ll have to show he can make his
teammates better while taking Virginia Tech to the NCAA

All-freshman team

Harrison Barnes, North Carolina: F, 6-8,

Hometown: Ames, Iowa

High School: Ames

Awards: 2010 McDonald’s All-American
, 2010
Sporting News National High School Athlete of the
Year, 2010
USA Today National Player of the Year.

Perry Jones III, Baylor: F, 6-11, 245

Hometown: Duncanville, Texas

High School: Duncanville

Awards: 2010 McDonald’s All-American, 2010

Parade Magazine All-American and 2010 Jordan Brand

Jared Sullinger, Ohio State: F, 6-9, 280

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

High School: Northland

Awards: 2010 McDonald’s All-American, 2010
High School Naismith Award winner, 2010 Jordan Brand High
School All-American and 2010
Parade Magazine Player of the Year.

Brandon Knight, Kentucky: G, 6-3, 195

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

High School: Pine Crest

Awards: 2010 McDonald’s All-American,
2009-10 Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year, 2008-09
Gatorade National Boys Basketball High School Player of the

Kyrie Irving, Duke: G, 6-2, 180

Hometown: West Orange, N.J.

High School: St. Patrick’s

Awards: 2010 McDonald’s All-American, 2010
First Team
Parade Magazine All-American, New Jersey Gatorade
Player of the Year.